In the early hours of the night, young David Maclean sees a flying saucer land and disappear into the sand dunes just beyond his house. Slowly, all of the adults, including his once loving parents, begin to act strangely.
|Release Date||:||April 22, 1953|
|Genres||:||Science Fiction, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Edward L. Alperson Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||William Cameron Menzies|
|Writers||:||Richard Blake, John Tucker Battle|
|Casts||:||Jimmy Hunt, Arthur Franz, Helena Carter, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Walter Sande, Bert Freed, Max Wagner, Charles Gibb, Milburn Stone, Douglas Kennedy, Charles Cane, Fay Baker, Janine Perreau, John Eldredge, Barbara Billingsley, Richard Deacon, Gil Herman, Luce Potter, Lock Martin, Max Palmer, Todd Karns, Frank Wilcox, Robert Shayne, William Phipps, William Forrest, Peter Brocco|
|Plot Keywords||:||flying saucer, invasion, alien life-form, mind control, ufo, spaceship, alien, independent film, martian, alien invasion, child's point of view, alien possession, sand dune, ray gun, underground cavern, sand pit|
I saw this movie in it's 2nd or 3rd run, around 1957 I was about 10 years old (same age as David in the movie) and very naive concerning agendas and hidden messages. The hook was the very beginning with a spatial view of the stars, a vocal chorus that sounded 'heavenly' and segued in beautiful fashion. I was a stargazer, thrilled with what was starting to happen in the space race and interested in all things scientific. When you're 10, you don't look for zippers on martian suits, balloons that move when martians go past them, or things like that. What you notice is that some of the people in the movie echo individuals you know in real life. You begin to wonder if people who seem changed in real life have something in the back of their necks. Maybe you look for these markings after you leave the theater?
'Invaders' had a profound effect on me as a child, but then, so did "The Day The Earth Stood Still". I suspect that there wasn't a large budget to make this picture but am moved to say that it accomplished what it set out to do, both in sending a message and being real scary at the time. If you are a real 'Invaders' fan, try to find the 12" laser discs that came out in the late 70s. (2-12" laser disc set) It featured all the trailers and several different endings. I still watch it now and then and hope that I don't wake up in the same dream every day, like David did.